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TOPIC: 'soft touch'??

'soft touch'?? 8 months 3 weeks ago #198332

The think it reminds me of, was that some claimants on long term benefits, were meant to get a 'soft touch' review in future which I thought meant a more gentle approach to reassessing them. maybe I got that wrong though!
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'soft touch'?? 8 months 3 weeks ago #198338

I have read that light touch involving pip means a long time to reassessment, although looking at the original post, I'm not sure if this would apply to this particular case?

'soft touch'?? 8 months 3 weeks ago #198341

you should show them the comment it wont hurt them to see what silly people are writing about us all.
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'soft touch'?? 8 months 2 weeks ago #198528

Thanks everybody for answering, sorry not to post back to this sooner, I've been ill, my meds have been increased a bit and I'm beginning to feel a bit better now.

I hope it is something positive regarding future assessments or similar, as some of you have said. The alternative is kind of a hurtful, well it makes me feel sad and a bit intimidated, because if that's their attitude they will scare me even more in the tribunal, and I'm already terrified!

I will try to ask what it means in my tribunal if I dare to, but I'm pretty sure I'll only be able to read out stuff from my notes, I'm going to be terrified even with that! (Just to make it worse, my seizures are often triggered by stress, and the idea of having one of my 'big' seizures away from home is just making me sick with worry) Anyway I'm straying from the subject now, thanks for all your advice.


'soft touch'?? 8 months 2 weeks ago #198580

Yes, something which helped me when I went to appeals was feeling they are new, independant and separate from the DWP. So it helped to put that assessor / DWP behind me and have it looked at afresh. And they do. And if it was a negative thing to say, it will only just not look good / unprofessional for the assessor, and will presumably also be on the copies the appeals have been sent...
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'soft touch'?? 8 months 2 weeks ago #198651

Thanks Orangeblossom (what a lovely name), I think you're right and it is a more positive way of thinking about it. Still terrified, but it's a comfort to remind myself that they are not there to represent the DWP or their assessor or decision maker.

I wish I could stop worrying so much about the seizure potential though, it's making me worry so much my GP has had to prescribe me new meds :(
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